Ancient Thira is located at the top of the Southeastern peak of the highest mountain of Santorini, Profitis Ilias, just above Kamari. There was the ancient settlement of Thira. There is also a small church from 1100, the area was used by the Romans as an administrative center.
The road that leads to the top starts from the southern end of the bay in Kamari at the foot of the mountain. Those who have a good energy reserve can walk to the top following the winding road. the ascent takes about 45 minutes, but the easiest way is to get up by car or take a minibus that makes the route from Kamari.
In the parking lot you will find a canteen, benches and a car park. From Ancient Thira there is a stunning view over the east coast of Santorini and the coastal resorts of Kamari and Perissa. If you plan to walk or drive, it is a good idea to get there before 11 in the morning, before many tourists arrive.
Oia and Fira
In Oia you will have the best sunsets, also Oia and Fira are excellent cities for walking and shopping. In Fira there is a folklore museum, the fortress from the Middle Ages, two Dioceses, one Catholic and one Orthodox.
In the city of Fira you can go to the church of Ag. Mina, which is the church you will see in many postcards of Santorini.
If you go to Fira in September, there is a famous classical music festival every year. You should also visit the old capital, Pyrgos.
Akrotiri is an ancient city that was buried underground when the volcano erupted 3,500 years ago. The buildings are in very good condition and we can say that it is Pompeii of Greece. The archeological site of Akrotiri is one of the best in Greece, it is located under a canopy and visitors can walk over the ruins on bridges that allow for better view and photography.